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Douglas County Historical Society

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5730 N. 30 St, #11B Omaha, NE 68111

Phone: 402-455-9990
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General Crook House
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September 1, 2014, Closed for the Labor Day Holiday

September 14, 2014, Second Sunday Talk
2 p.m. Building 10, Room 110
On the Mat: Wrestling and Boxing in Douglas County

Omaha was once home to what the World-Herald dubbed the "science of the pad" and "fistiana" - the world of wrestlers and boxers. They fought, the bled, and they left a colorful legacy in Douglas County.

This September, the Douglas County Historical looks at mortal combat in the Gate City. Learn about:

-- Farmer Burns, one of wrestling's early greats, who had a neck so thick he would have himself hanged and then whistle "Yankee Doodle," and who started a wrestling school that trained three world champions.

-- Max Baer, a meat packing plant employee with a powerful punch, who lived his life haunted by the man he killed in the ring, and whose son was one of the stars of "The Beverly Hillbillies."

-- Baron von Raschke, a wrestling "heel" (bad guy) who marched through the ring with a Teutonic title and felled his opponents with the "brainclaw" - a grip so powerful it would render opponents unconscious, and so terrifying that networks censored it with a red X on the screen.

-- Vince Foster, a Native-American boxer with a troubled past and a promising future, who was profiled by Life Magazine, and whose career was cut short by an auto accident.

-- Bruce "Mouse" Strauss, who claimed he was the only boxer to be knocked out on every continent, and who was the subject of a feature film in which audiences were expected to root for Strauss to lose the climactic fight.

This talk is free for DCHS members, a $5 donation is requested of non-members. Pre-registration is required. To reserve your space please email members@douglascohistory.org or call 402-455-9990, ext. 101.

September 23, 2014, Page From Our Past
6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Library Archives Center

September’s Page from Our Past features author David Bristow and his book A Dirty Wicked Town: Tales of 19th Century Omaha. This book provides a collection of stories, all of them true, of the murder, mayhem and mischief that characterized 19th century Omaha, Nebraska.

"It requires but little, if any, stretch of the imagination to regard Omaha as a cesspool of iniquity, for it is given up to lawlessness and is overrun with a horde of fugitives from justice and dangerous men of all kinds who carry things with a high hand and a loose rein...If you want to find a rogue's rookery, go to Omaha." A Kansas City newspaper

Hast ever been in Omaha, Where rolls the dark Missouri down, And four strong horses scarce can draw An emtpy wagon through town? Where sand is blown from ever mound To fill the eyes and ears and throat-- Where all the steamers are aground And all the shanties are afloat? Where whisky shops the livelong night Are vending out their poison juice; Where men are often very tight, And women deemed a trifle loose? Where taverns have an anxious guest For every corner, shelf and crack; With half the people going west, And all the others going back? Where theaters are all the run, And bloody scalpers come to trade; Where everything is overdone And everybody underpaid? If not, take heed to what I say: You'll find it just as I have found it; And if it lies upon your way, For God's sake, reader, go around it!” - Poem from 1869 Harper's Magazine

This book is currently available in our bookstore located in the General Crook House Museum. Participants who have registered to take part in the program receive a 5% discount off of the retail price of the book! Get your copy today!

Cost to participate in these discussions is $5 for members and $10 for non-members. Pre-registration is required and seating will be limited to 20 participants. To register, email members@douglascohistory.org or call 402-455-9990, ext. 101.